Nokia 7:Misses By a Hair

Nokia’s was one of the world’s greatest phone brands and was the dominant player in the post-2010 era of feature phones and smartphones. It was also a beloved brand in India, and some of us trusted Nokia more than we trust our spouses. It had some of funkiest and innovative looking devices back when it reigned supreme, and they were tough as tanks.  

Nokia was brought back to life recently by the folks at HMD global after its catastrophic fall at the hands of Microsoft, and since then, they have been on a roll, and it seems that they are finally gaining market share slowly. They have released a ton of different devices starting with the Nokia 2, which is their low end offering to the Nokia 8, which is their fastest offering yet. The review today, however, is for the Nokia 7, which is a device that is a step down from the Nokia 8 but is actually a teaser for the upcoming Nokia flagship, the Nokia 9. So, how does it fare against the industry big guns and more importantly how does it fare against its competitors at the same bracket? Let’s find out

Design and Display:

There is no denying that the Nokia 7 is a gorgeous device. It has an all-glass body, wrapped in Gorilla glass 3. It sits on Aluminium 7000 series chassis and gives the device a nice and solid and premium feel. It was really thoughtful of Nokia to encase the device in Gorilla Glass so it hopefully won’t shatter as easily but investing in a case will still be a priority. Also for a first, Nokia has the fingerprint sensor at the rear, giving the front a nice, clean look and has capacitive buttons for navigation. Also, the device has a protective Nano coating that can save it from accidental liquid splashes. So there is a raised housing for the camera which has a Zeiss logo on it depicting that the camera uses Zeiss lenses.  

The Nokia 7 uses a 5.2inch IPS panel with a 1080p resolution. This accounts to a pixel density of 424ppi which makes content appear really sharp. The IPS display has nice colours and good contrast, but I would have like an AMOLED panel on the device given its price point. The screen also has a 16:9 form factor and not the newer 18:9 aspect ratio.

Performance:

Perhaps, the only neutral aspect of the Nokia 7 is thatit is powered by the Snapdragon 630 which is the successor to the Snapdragon 625. Both the 630 and the 625 have nearly the same performance but the 630 being a newer chip has better power efficiency. It isn’t a bad processor per-se, but Nokia could have easily used a Snapdragon 660 in the device since the Nokia 8 uses the top tier Snapdragon 835. The Snapdragon 630, like the 625, is an 8 core chip with four cores clocked at 2.2GHz and another four clocked at 1.4GHz. The higher clocked cores kick in when it senses the need for more processing power but for less demanding tasks it uses the slower cores.It also has a mammoth 6GB of RAM which makes multi-tasking a breeze.

Graphics are handled by the Adreno 508 GPU which is also one up from the Adreno 506 found in the snapdragon 625. Overall performance improvements are really minor, but the 630 has some unique features like integrated X12 modem, Qualcomm 642 DSP, Hybrid autofocus, Quick charge 4.0 support and so on.

Software:

Nokia has been really playing it subtle in the software department, and we appreciate them for it. It comes with stock Android 7.1.1 out of the box with no skinning whatsoever and should be getting the Android Oreo update very soon. There are no unnecessary preinstalled bloatware apart from the standard Google Apps. This makes the whole UX very snappy and responsive, and due to stock android, RAM management is done exceptionally well on the device.

Camera and Storage:

This is one area where the Nokia 7 might fall a bit short compared to the competition. While the rest of the manufacturers are busy on actively implementing a dual camera setup on their phones and advertising them as camera phones, Nokia went a different route with the 7 because it doesn’t feature a dual camera setup like its competitors. But what makes it unique is that it uses Carl Zeiss optics on the camera sensor. Nokia has had a long history of using Zeiss optics on their flagships and better optics naturally mean a better image quality. It has a 16MP primary camera with dual LED flash and an f/1.8 aperture and a pixel size of 1.12 microns. It can also record 4K videos but there are certainly better cameras available around the same price bracket.  

The front camera is a fairly modest 5MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture and has 84 degrees of wide angle capture. Also, the front camera has 1.4-micron pixel size, but sadly none of the front or rear cameras have any sort of image stabilisation and it can lead to shaky or blurry images if not handled properly.

The device is available in a 64GBvariantwith the option to expand via an SD slot that supports up to 128GB SD cards.

Battery and Connectivity:

The Nokia 7 has a 3000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge support. It should get you through the day just fine.

Connectivity Wise, the Nokia7 hasn’t seen an official worldwide launch, so support for Indian Network bands isn’t confirmed. But the device has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and BDS support.  

Conclusion:

The Nokia 7 is a beautiful device complying with Nokia’s legacy of building innovative and good looking phones. It misses out on a few marks like the So C and Screen, but it makes it up with good audio capabilities and great cameras. The Nokia 7 price in India is expected to be around Rs.26990 when and if it launches and should be a great contender in that price bracket. Keep yourself updated with the latest news on www.91mobiles.com.

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